Tuesday, April 22, 2014

High Great Lakes Ice Coverage Continues

The record books will reflect upon this winter for many decades to come but as the slow thaw of spring continues winter isn't relenting completely in one aspect. Great Lakes ice. While tracking ice on the lakes isn't that unusual well into mid-April, the amount of ice is certainly eyebrow raising.

As of April 20th, the Great Lakes are still nearly 36% covered in ice.

Compare that to the past two winters when ice coverage struggled or didn't even reach that level in the heart of the cold season. Keep the graphic below in mind...the average last date for ice coverage of 30% is late March into early April. We are well past that and still counting. 

And the record for latest 30% ice coverage on the Great Lakes: